Emily Cherniack is steeped in the traditions of servant leadership. From her service in AmeriCorps and employment with City Year AmeriCorps, to being part of the founding team of Be the Change — where she led a coalition of over 200 organizations to engage 250,000 people for a Day of Action in support of the $6 billion Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 — Emily has worked tirelessly to serve our country and support others who serve. In 2018, Emily was named to the Politico 50 as one of the 50 "thinkers, doers, and dreamers driving politics."
Emily’s path to politics came when her boss and mentor, Alan Khazei, decided to run for the US Senate in 2009. Khazei asked Emily to become his Deputy Campaign Manager and, although he was defeated, Emily learned a great deal from his campaign and the power of political leaders who chose to serve country before self.
This experience led Emily to conclude that our current system for recruiting political talent is broken. The current talent pipeline is intentionally exclusive, and has significant barriers that prevent transformational leaders from successfully running for office; the only way to change that is to change the pipeline. New Politics was founded in 2013 to address exactly that.
Emily graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology and a Masters Degree in Education Policy. She lives in Boston.
Disclaimer: All political views expressed by Emily during the podcast are hers and do not necessarily represent the views of the Warrior Soul Podcast or its Host. The Warrior Soul Podcast is not affiliated with any specific political party or perspective and merely seeks to bring tools, tactics, strategies, and ideas to the US Military Veteran Community to help its members to live their best lives. That mission entails bringing on guests from multiple political perspectives whether the Host agrees with them or not. It is our hope that anyone who disagrees with Emily can look past that to see the tools she brings to the table to help the Veteran community get more of its members into public office.
Adam Kokesh is a Libertarian activist, author, Veteran, and candidate for President of the United States.
Adam has a long history of challenging the status quo of American Politics. This began with protesting the Iraq War with Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Some of his most notable protests have ended in his arrest. These include dancing in the Jefferson Memorial and loading a shotgun in Washington, DC’s Freedom Plaza.
We caught up with Adam as he's been homesteading on his ranch in Arizona. We spoke about psychedelics, the legalization of drugs, and other current events.
To catch up with Adam's show The Freedom! Line head to https://odysee.com/@adamkokesh:2
From making music to doing stand-up comedy, Lee Smith is an entertainer’s entertainer. Born and raised in Miami, FL, Lee was placed in Gifted classes in Elementary school. Goofing off in class was an everyday thing, as he still completed his assignments. Elected as Class Clown, he knew that comedy was in the cards dealt to him. Unsure of what to do after high school, Lee enlisted in the US ARMY. From there, he formed lifetime bonds and connections with people. Once out of the military, Lee focused on music, honing his craft. Incorporating lyricism with humor, comedy would still play a role somehow. While watching “Funny People”, an epiphany was had; try doing stand-up comedy. If the people like it, the shift will be towards comedy. Fortunately he received a standing ovation during his first show. Within a year, Lee won the Turkey Fest competition at the Miami Improv. From writing to performing, there isn’t much Lee Smith can’t do to keep you entertained.
Candyce Haynes-Forrester, known professionally as Candyce, is an American comedian, professional speaker, broadcaster, producer, host and actress. She first gained recognition as a United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondent. Her ability to deliver command messages and tell the stories of the men and women of the armed forces gained multiple awards including the Navy Achievement Medal. Additionally she is known for her work in professional speaking and development working with her mentor Emmy Awarding motivational guru Les Brown. Candyce began her transition into mainstream comedy and broadcast having a wealth of knowledge and experience sharing stages with other industry titans. As a former active Marine, her high energy, positive outlook and hilarious storytelling will keep your audience engaged and wanting more.
In this interview:
We discuss Candyce's story, her service in the Marine Corps, her entrepreneurial journey, and how she got into comedy. Candyce is probably one of the smartest people I've brought onto the show and she drops some serious knowledge bombs on this episode, so be sure to listen with a pen and a piece of paper!
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Andrew and Adam Marr are the founders of the Warrior Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healing solutions to veterans afflicted by traumatic brain injury. Andrew served as a US Army Special Forces Green Beret on multiple deployments to Afghanistan. He was a breacher, and consistent indirect exposure to explosions created massive inflamation that turned off most of his brain activity.
A once thriving man, Andrew fell into a pit of sickness and despair while trying to support his wife and five children at the time. Andrew was medically retired from the Army with few options for continuing and no help to heal his unseen wounds.
After months of suffering while trying to find a solution, Andrew found Dr. Mark Gordon, who put him on a protocol of restorative nutriceuticals that healed his brain and his body. Today Andrew is back to life as a high-functioning individual, capable of excellence.
Andrew's story is outlined in the book, Tales from the Blast Factory, which he coauthored with Adam. He is also the subject of the award-winning documentary Tales from the Blast Factory.
Adam, who served as an Army Aviation Officer, came up with the idea to create a 4x4x48 challenge modeled after David Goggins grueling four mile run, every four hours, for forty-eight hours to raise money for the Warrior Angels Foundation.
They will be running the challenge in March at their home-base in Texas, in conjunction with teams simultaneously running it around the country.
To learn more about the challenge and how you can participate: https://warriorangelsfoundation.org/4x4x48/
To get the book Tales from the Blast Factory: https://warriorangelsfoundation.org/product/book-tales-from-the-blast-factory/
CWO3 Mark Pellon is an active duty Marine, K9 decoy, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt. Mark currently serves as Band Director for the Parris Island Band at MCRD Parris Island.
Mark's journey in leadership began as an enlisted Marine. It was during this time that he began to understand the importance of being a good leader and a good follower.
As he was making his transition to Warrant Officer, he began to understand the importance of having a vision as a leader. We get into what a vision is, why it's important, and important lessons in both leadership and followership during this outstanding conversation.
To follow Mark on LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/mark-
To follow Mark on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mark.pellon.7
New Year's Resolutions work for some people and fail badly for others. Regardless of what you choose to do resolution-wise, these are underlying principals to follow so that you have a successful 2022.
Josh Guerrero is a Marine Corps Veteran, archeologist, podcaster, and adventurer.
In his day to day life, Josh travels the world unearthing remnants from the past and has dedicated much of his time to training others to do the same.
The last time I had Josh on the Warrior Soul Podcast, he was prepping for a trek through South America to raise money for American Veterans Archeological Recovery (AVAR), an organization that provides training for Veterans in Archeology.
When the Covid 19 pandemic took the world in its grasp, Josh could no longer head to South America. Like a good Marine, he pivoted, and decided to hike across the state of Michigan along the North Country Trail.
Josh started the trek in late summer, and completed his journey in the second week of December. Assisted by "Trail Angels,"who provided him with food, supplies, and sometimes shelter, Josh averaged 15 miles a day during his trek.
Along the way, Josh raised money for AVAR through his GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/f/wolverinewalk. He has left the GoFundMe open to continue to raise funds for this outstanding organization.
I caught up with Josh just a few days after he'd finished his trek. His powerful mindset and desire to help others through his passion for archeology and adventure is truly amazing, and I'm proud to have him as a Marine brother.
You can follow Josh on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/allaroundadventure
It's a crazy time out there and a lot of people aren't happy with what's going on. If you're in that category, the best way of doing something about it is to take control of your physical, mental, and financial life.
The holidays are a hard time for many people who have struggles within. It's a difficult time to be alive, but there's a lot of cause for optimism. Don't let the negativity get you down and never let go.
In a time when freedom of speech and public get togethers are being made illegal in formerly free places around the world, it's more important than ever that you get up there and speak your mind. Comedy is one way of doing that.
Geraint Jones is an author, podcaster, and Veteran who served as an infantry soldier in both Iraq and Afghanistan for the United Kingdom.
Geraint is also the host of the Veteran State of Mind Podcast where his discusses current events, veteran success stories, and life with fellow Veterans from around the world.
I've been wanting to speak with Geraint for a while. He has two of the most thought provoking Instagram pages in the veteran community and we had an excellent conversation.
To follow Veteran State of Mind on Instagram click here.
To follow Geraint's personal page, click here.
Since the beginning of the Global War On Terror, we have started chronicling the story of this conflict. The history of warfare is typically written by generals. They give their thousand foot view, talk about the big strategic picture, and pay little homage to the perspective of those who actually fought the war.
In recent history, we have seen much more of the perspective of the average warfighter. This is largely due to the increased opportunities technology affords the average person to tell their story.
Yet, we have seen very little perspective on what happens after the war is over. How does a Veteran carry on after serving in combat? Despite the efforts of podcasts and other media outlets like this one, very few media outlets have covered these stories.
The Twenty Year War by Dan Blakely, Tom Amenta, and Beau Simmons is unique for this reason. It is a photo book that chronicles the post-service stories of over 70 veterans. Rather than focusing on combat, the book focuses on the trials, tribulations, and lessons learned from these veterans' transitions into the civilian world.
Beau Simmons is a professional photographer who grew up in the high desert in California. He got his start in the fashion industry, but has since transitioned his work to focus on classic Americana and the American landscape. He gained his commitment to telling authentic stories about veterans through the nonprofit, Heroes and Horses.
Dan Blakeley served in the United States Army's 2nd Batallion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He went on to get an engineering degree from Appalachian State University where he helped start the school's Solar Power Racing Team. Dan's transition out of the military was not easy, and he has a passion for telling the stories of veterans who've succeeded, which is what inspired him to create The Twenty Year War.
Tom Amenta also served in the 75th Ranger Regiment. After leaving the Army, Tom spent 8 years as COO of the veteran clothing brand Ranger Up and was an Executive Producer on the film Range 15. Tom's passion for helping and advocating for veterans led him to coauthor The Twenty Year War.
You can find The Twenty Year War at twentyyearwar.com. When you use the code VET21, you can get 20% off your purchase through Sunday November 14.
Most cultural depictions of the Devil are as some sort of anthropomorphic beast with cloven hooves, a pointy tail, and horns.
In Napoleon Hill's work Outwitting the Devil, the Prince of Darkness is something different: a formless force that can invade the mind of any human being on Earth. He thrives by instilling negative thoughts, aimlessness, and self-doubt into the masses.
Regardless of what your religious beliefs are, you probably have a negative side, filled with thoughts that hold you back. In this episode, I take you through steps to defeating this Devil and moving your life forward.
In this episode I talk about people I consider to be on the front line of fighting for values and against government overreach. In this episode I discuss Ryan Michler of Order of Man, Eddie Gallagher, The Marine Rapper, Bryson Gray, Hire the Zapper, and others who are using their voices to fight against mandates.
Eddie Gallagher is a retired US Navy Seal who was falsley accused of war crimes, and then nearly railroaded by the military and the media.
He, his wife Andrea, his brother, and his legal team successfully fought off the Navy's attempt to put him away for life, but at great personal and financial consequences.
In the aftermath of his ordeal, Eddie and Andrea decided that they would keep this from happening to anyone else, and so they created The Pipe Hitter Foundation. Through their nonprofit, they are helping both military and law enforcement to navigate the legal system while supporting their families as they do so.
Most recently, Eddie and the Pipe Hitter Foundation worked with Marine Lt. Colonel Stu Scheller, who was punished by the military for publicly calling for accountability from high ranking officials for the botched Afghanistan withdrawal that resulted in the deaths of 13 service members.
You can learn more about the Pipe Hitter Foundation at https://pipehitterfoundation.org/
You can get Eddie's book The Man in the Arena at https://eddiegallagherbook.com/
For the Seek Battle Series: https://www.ptarms.com/product-page/SEEKBATTLERIFLE
To follow Eddie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eddie_gallagher
Daniel Gade enlisted in the Army in 1992 and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a company commander in August 2004. He was wounded by enemy fire twice and decorated for valor; the second wounding resulted in the amputation of his entire right leg. After retiring from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2017, he accepted a political appointment as a Senior Advisor at the US Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS). In 2019, he ran unsuccessfully for United States Senate in Virginia, but garnered more votes than any Republican candidate in Virginia history. Daniel’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Presidential Service Badge, and both Airborne and Air Assault wings. He and his family reside in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Michelle Black lost her husband Bryan in 2017. Bryan was serving with a team of his fellow Green Berets in Niger when his team of 11 was ambushed by between 100 and 200 ISIS militants.
From the moment she learned of Bryan's death, her life, and the lives of her two sons, were turned completely upside down. Bryan's death became a national incident due to political issues, and this turned the nation's attention away from the men who died and onto political discord.
Then, a ISIS released a propaganda video of Bryan and his teammates being killed. CBS news promptly published the video and put it into the public domain, putting Michelle and Bryan's family into the awful position of having to witness his death on a TV screen.
Through it all, Michelle never quit. She rallied to take care of her two sons while also searching for the truth about Bryan and his teammates' death. To this day, no high ranking military official has answered for the fact that this team of 11 was sent into hostile territory without support.
To get a copy of Michelle's book: https://www.amazon.com/Sacrifice-Gold-Widows-Fight-Truth/dp/0593190939
Follow Michelle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelleblack71
Many of us grew up hearing stories about our grandparents and great grandparents in World War II, and wished we could have been part of something like that.
The truth is, that we do have a chance to save our country. The ideas laid out in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are under threat and can be lost in a generation. We can all participate in making sure this doesn't happen.
Over the past few years, there has been an unprecedented collision between medical science and politics. Some would say that politics has perverted science, and it seems that many people are viewing specific scientific view points as a religion.
I brought my good friend, Dr. Kirk Parsley on to help us sort through the weeds of this debate. I'd like this to get out to as many people as possible, so I've excluded several key words related to the subject matter. Nevertheless, you can probably figure it out.
Dr. Kirk Parsley served as a US Navy Seal. After his enlistment, he rejoined the Navy as a doctor and helped to create Naval Special Warfare's Resiliency Clinic. He is one of the world's foremost experts on sleep, and is the inventor of Doc Parsley's Sleep Remedy.
To learn more about Dr. Kirk Parsley, or to purchase his sleep remedy, you can visit http://www.docparsley.com.
To follow Doc Parsley on Instagram: https://www.kirkparsley.com
Mike Kurland is the founder and CEO of the Branded Group, a facilities service company based out of California. Over the past 8 years, Mike and his team built the Branded Group into one of the fastest growing companies in the country.
Nevertheless, things weren't always easy for Mike. He started his company from nothing after a heart-breaking divorce, after which, he had to hit the reset button.
Mike came onto the Warrior Soul Podcast to discuss his story and his advice for Veterans who are transitioning into new phases of their lives.
To listen to Mike's Be Better Podcast: https://www.branded-group.com/be-better-podcast/
To learn more about working for the Branded Group: https://www.branded-group.com/team/
To connect with Mike on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikekurland/
Over the last week, there's been an awakening in the Veteran Community. We've seen Veterans coordinating the rescue of Afghan interpreters, holding their political leaders to account, and advocating for their active duty brothers and sisters.
The question is: where do we go from here? If we fall back to doing the same things we've always done, nothing is ever going to change. We'll still be here five years from now, watching this country take a dive.
Veterans can no longer sit on the sidelines. We need to be taking more active roles in our communities and our lives.
Mike Taylor and Alex Roodhouse served as officers in the United States Navy's Riverine Units, patrolling the Euphrates River during the war in Iraq.
Fitness was always an important part of their job, but as the demands of the job changed, so did the fitness requirements. When they first entered the military, the focus was on long runs and calisthenics. Yet jobs in the military increasingly called for a more functional, weight bearing, approach to fitness.
Additionally, many service members ended up getting completely out of shape when they went on deployment.
So after they got out of the military, Mike and Alex came up with an idea: all in one container gyms that could be shipped and placed anywhere.
That idea became Beaverfit, which today is a rapidly growing multi-million dollar a year business. You can find Mike and Alex's gyms today in places as diverse as Camp Pendleton and Miami Beach.
In this conversation, I talk with Mike and Alex about their journey from the military to entrepreneurship and how they're growing Beaverfit to meet the increasing demand for functional fitness.
Learn more about Beaverfit at: https://www.beaverfitusa.com/
Baktash Ahadi was born in Afghanistan and raised in the United States. After college, he joined the US Peace Corps and went to Mozambique. As the US war in Afghanistan ramped up, Baktash decided to return to Afghanistan as an interpreter who worked alongside the US Marines.
In this episode, Baktash and I discuss the tragedy in Afghanistan and what led to it. We discuss the bureaucratic system, and lack of incentive to ever actually get anything done. We also discuss the repercussions of what this means for the Afghan people, and for American Veterans.
To learn more about Baktash Ahadi: https://www.baktashahadi.com/
To follow Baktash on Twitter: https://twitter.com/baktashahadi
Like many Veterans, I'm angry and appalled at the United States' hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.
If you're angry, that's completely justified. You should be.
But to change things, we need to move beyond anger toward action. Veterans need to step up in society to ensure this never happens again. We do that by building our lives, and putting ourselves in position to exact change.